Colegio Maya, founded in 1958, is a fully accredited, private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises of two semesters extending from the second week of August to the second week of December and from the second week of January to the first week of June.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member board of directors elected for two-year terms by the members of the Colegio Maya Association. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school.
Curriculum: The school offers an American international curriculum that focuses on what is most important to learn. The school is recognized and authorized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and is fully accredited by Cognia. As a member of the Common Ground Collaborative, Colegio Maya is part of an elite group of schools globally working on deep and meaningful learning for all students. Colegio Maya offers 15 fully authorized AP classes and requires all AP teachers to receive training before teaching an AP class. In addition, graduation requirements include language arts, science, math, social studies, physical education, and several electives. The student activities program is considered an integral part of the curriculum. All instruction is in English; Spanish is required daily for students. Special services offered are for mild learning needs and English-as-a-second-language. Parents with special needs children are asked to contact the school for a description of the services available.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 57 full-time faculty members and 3 part-time faculty members. The administration team consists of a director, a secondary principal, an elementary principal and a coordinator of curriculum and staff development.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 336 students (ECC: 22 students, grades 1-5: 119 students, grades 6-8: 77 students, grades 9-12: 118 students).
Facilities: The school is located on the outskirts of Guatemala City in Santa Catarina Pinula. The facility includes several buildings which serves the early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition, the gymnasium complex includes a large multi-purpose room, four middle school classrooms, and a cafeteria. Within the school facilities, there are science laboratories, a technology resource center, a high school media center, an elementary computer laboratory, a soccer/football field, and a covered outdoor court. Currently, a track is being constructed in this area as well to support our athletic program and for use by the greater community. The elementary nature play-scape is a key feature that was constructed in 2016 for kids connecting to nature. In 2019-20 a new Innovation Hub facility was completed to further support the school’s commitment to technology, design and engaging hands-on learning. The Hub also provides space for the elementary and secondary libraries housing more than 21,000 volumes and 2,000 periodicals online, the secondary art room, and various conference rooms for both school and community use.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, the school’s income derives from tuition. The tuition rates (bus not included) are as follows: PK: $10,804; K-grade 5: $16,059; grades 6-8: $16,785; grades 9-11: $16,997; and grade 12: $17,218; bus service Q14,382 (payment in quetzals). In addition, a one-time non-refundable $7,500 incorporation fee is collected when a new student is approved for admission. Other fees include an ESL fee per semester (only ESL students) of Q5,565, and a learning resource center fee per semester only LRC students) of Q6,010. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars or Guatemalan quetzals.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.